The Compassionate Mind Approach to Beating Overeating by Ken Goss This is not another diet book, although it will help you find ways to manage your food intake and energy output that are more in tune with your body’s needs. Instead, it offers you a different approach to learning to live in a complex body, … Continue reading Book Review: The Compassionate Mind Approach to Beating Overeating by Ken Goss
A few weeks ago I visited my friend at the allotments. Covid restrictions prevent meeting indoors. That, together with Manchester's weather meant it could be a while before we would catch up again. This could be the last warm day of the year, and a welcome opportunity for a good conversation. The leaves on the … Continue reading Impossible to-do lists: why magical thinking isn’t a solution.
This is the first thing I've uploaded in almost a year. Before anything else, I want to explain my absence. Unfortunately, it's not going to be a very cheerful post. I was having a very difficult time at the end of last year which is when I stopped writing. I think 2020 has been a … Continue reading Why I stopped writing for almost a year
Collected my prescription from the chemist
I find flare-ups and setbacks very frustrating, and emotionally difficult. I’d be surprised if that isn’t normal for people with chronic illness. All the worst emotions tend to surface. And it’s even harder than usual to fend off self-doubt and self -criticism because I’m tired and sore and cross. There are two phrases that have … Continue reading Coping with difficult emotions during a setback
I have started a longer post about relapses, flare-ups and setbacks. But due to the flare-up/set back I’ve been having I couldn’t make progress on it in the way I had intended. My idea was to write about flare-ups and setbacks as I worked through my own. I thought I’d go over the resources and … Continue reading A work in progress…
Made a difficult phone call and took a walk. Took a humungous effort to actually do each of them. Actually the phone call wasn't difficult at all. I'd just convinced myself it would be.
Left the House I haven't left the house for a few days and only occasionally in the last few weeks. I'm supposed to do something energetic (or th closest I get) outside every day for both my physical and mental health. Today I joined my partner and friend for their afternoon drinks. I didn't feel … Continue reading Small Victories #5
I booked tickets to a gig today. It kind of seems like madness. I'm feeling kind of depressed. I'm having a flare-up in symptoms. I cancelled going out on Thursday because I wasn't up to it. Simple things seem overwhelming. A heavy-metal gig doesn't seem like the smartest plan does it? Maybe or maybe not. … Continue reading Making a promise to myself
I'm afraid, though I can’t say what of. I can feel that emptiness inside me. It’s only small at the moment but it’s hard and stubborn. I can feel the dead space, the black hole, in my chest. It's not that bad. I’m only a bit frightened, only a bit numb, brittle. I know what … Continue reading I’m scared I’m getting depressed